Designing with Web Standards
You can get off the merry-go-round.
It's time to stop living in the past and get away from the days of spaghetti code, insanely nested ...more
As such, a significant portion ...more
I have seen some reviews here that think this book is out of date and not relevant and that is the undermine it's importance. Once this book came out I had an argument with employers and clients as to why things had to be done differently because it was finally a discussion of web standards to a much larger audience.
If you are in the web design and development field today it ...more
Correction. The first four chapters of this book are fluffy reasons why to design with web standards. ...more
The book is about why and how to "write structural, semantic markup styled with CSS for sites that are relatively lightweight, portable, findable, ...more
This reads like a 2nd edition book. The examples used are dated, although still valid. Often he references the first edition of the book which is a little awkward. The tone is light-hearted, with geeky jokes and comments here and there. It's a ...more
Includes topics on:
standards-based web design, costs of not following standards (duplication of effort, maintenance, user experience, etc), brief history of web standards and practices, intro to XHTML and ...more
My only objection to this book is that it is dated and there are things we don't have to worry about any more (although new challenges have arisen).
A good introduction to the new web standards (XHTML & CSS), why you should use them in your websites, and how you can get started. Zeldman is an entertaining writer, though he sometimes overbears when it comes to pressing the case for standards. Perhaps his primary audience (web designers used to hacky html) need this sort of jackhammer treatment.
Anyway, after reading this book I'm looking forward to redesigning my site.
It's biggest weakness? Depth. I needed a second book to really get myself flying with both XHTML and CSS. But Zeldman has laid down a good runway with this one.
This book is a must read if you learned HTML several years ago or if you're just learning it. Otherwise it'll say a lot of what many newer books say and can be skimmed for interesting content or new ammunition to back up why you're building a site the way you are.
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Blogging since 1995. Founder & Publisher, A List Apart for people who make websites (since 1998). Co-founded the multi-city user experience design conference An Event Apart with Eric Meyer. Founder of studio.zeldman, a web and interaction design studio in New York. Founder Emeritus of Happy Cog, an award winning digital design studio. Publisher and ...more